Oliver Stone's JFK made me a creepy kid, and now a disappointed adult

Thursday night saw the release of the nigh-mythical JFK Assassination Records, a collection of nearly 3,000 documents related to the president’s 1963 murder that Donald Trump—once more taking credit for something that already existed—ordered released, fulfilling a Congressional mandate made way back in 1992. That…

Good performances can’t blast Hidden Figures out of prestige convention

Though it’s set in the early ’60s, Hidden Figures swiftly racks up plot points and details that seem torn from 2016 headlines. Broadly, it’s about institutional racism and sexism in a divided country; more specifically, Russia provides the unseen bad guys; it features two cast members from the celebrated 2016 release …

Rickman rescues: 9 movies the actor elevated just by showing up

Like everyone else in the world, The A.V. Club was devastated to learn of the recent death of English stage and screen star Alan Rickman. While he is getting many (deserved) memorial tributes for his iconic turns as Harry Potter’s conflicted Severus Snape, Galaxy Quest’s magnificent Alexander Dane, and even Sense And…

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Kevin Costner might star as a lawyer in David E. Kelley’s Amazon series

In the sort of casting decision that might cause words like “spooky” or “kismet” to sneak unbidden into the wording of a Newswire article, Kevin Costner is apparently in talks with David E. Kelley to play a once-powerful and influential man, whose existence as a shell of his former self is occasionally lightened by…

Disney’s McFarland, USA is an inspirational sports movie that rarely inspires

McFarland, USA opens with something rarely seen in non-spoof sports movies: an inspirational halftime speech gone wrong—so wrong, in fact, that Jim White (Kevin Costner) loses his job. As he adjusts to relocation in the small and mostly Latino town of McFarland, California, where he’s procured a last-chance job as a…

Young person Ryan Reynolds to add some much-needed virility to Kevin Costner CIA thriller

The casting for director Ariel Vromen’s Criminal has been pretty solid so far. It already has Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, and Tommy Lee Jones, so the only thing it’s really missing is a young person to run in and shout, “Hey, what’s with all of these old people? Am I right, fellow teens?” Thankfully—as reported by Variety